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I have a Badger 1 that will not turn. It freely turns by hand ,but will only hum like the motor is locked. Suggestions. Sounds like an electrical problem to me,

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The start capacitor (on the side of motor under cover) has failed

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Disposal hums, but doesn't work. blades turn freely, as well asthe motor with a wrench- with no pressure?


Copy following link for disposal troubleshoot, and replacement tips:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-repair-and-install-Garbage-disposal.html

Sounds like disposal motor has overheated and shorted.
Fortunately today's disposals are fully contained, and did not cause fire.
Replace disposal.

Mar 16, 2013 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Ok my ace 2000 disposal hums. blades move freely when i put my hand inside. the 1/4" allen wrench doesn't fit in the opening at the bottom. my sink fills with water but eventually drains, so I...


Sounds like the starter winding is bad.
The cutter disc is welded directly to motor shaft. So is the allen wrench fitting.
So if disc rotates freely, then you should be able to feel the allan wrench fitting rotate too.
Use broomstick instead of hand down disposal.
If motor hums and cutter disc does not spin, but cutter disc can be moved freely, then disposal needs to be replaced.
I wish they made repairable motors so that metal and copper doesn't get thrown into the scrap recycle metal bin.

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Oct 03, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Dishrag caught un disposal, pulled it out, blades turn, it just hums, it hums even when switch is turned on off!!


If cutter disk turns freely and motor hums, then motor winding has gone bad.
The humming sound means motor is overheating and will stop humming.

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May 11, 2011 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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The disposal only hums. I can turn the blades inside so there is no food stuck. I know there is a reset button but cant locate it.


I had the same problem, it was just humming, then after a few second the on board circuit breaker would cut out. After a little while I could hit the reset button and it would just hum again.

It turns out that the base of the disposal was jammed. There are 2 blades on the top that should spin freely, but the base plate that the blades are attached to also spins. In fact, that's what the motor drives. The two blades on top are not powered, they just flip back and forth as the base spins. So get a broom handle or a strong wooden spoon, stick it down in there, and try to pry the base plate free so it spins. That should do it.

Oct 28, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Garbage disposle makes a humming noise when turned on. InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal


Did you also hear any clattering sounds when it started? If so, it is rotating. If not then this hum is the motor in the lock rotor stage. Did you place garbage in it yet? Always run cool water in it when starting it.

May 29, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP Garbage Disposal: It hums but doesn't work. The wrench moves freely ...


If the blades move freely with the wrench and stick and motor hums then it sounds like it is time to replace the unit. Have you tried the reset switch? If it is humming than it is probably not tripped but worth a try. Hope this helps.

May 18, 2010 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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1 HP electric motor hums but not turning.


check for a re-set button somewhere on the motor housing.

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Badger 1 1/3 HP Garbage disposal is stuck. I have hit the reset button took out what was jamming it and it still hums but won't turn. Please help!


Can you turn the motor by hand? (with the wrench in the bottom of the disposal) If not then you either still have a restriction/jam or the motor is seized. If you can spin the motor somewhat freely with the wrench then you most likely have a bad motor and will have to replace it. Hope this helps

Sep 27, 2009 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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Still doesn't run.


well, the impeller is slipping on the motor shaft, you need to remove the unit and see whats up

Aug 19, 2009 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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I have a Badger 5 that will not turn on. The blade freely turns by hand, but unit will only hum like the motor is locked. Suggestions.


Use and allen wrench underneath in the center of the disposal. Does the shaft turn freely? If it does, the capacitor is bad. If the shaft won't turn, there is something stuck inside the disposal.

Jul 01, 2009 | Ace Hardware InSinkErator Badger 5, 1/2 HP...

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